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Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Turner, Dest, and more


Matt Turner has risen to the occasion for Mikel Arteta this season, but Friday’s trip to defending English Premier League winners Manchester City will provide the American with his toughest test yet.

Turner and the Gunners face off with Man City to kickstart this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round schedule. Currently sitting in front of the Citizens in the league title race, Arsenal will fight to keep its quest alive to earn a first FA Cup since 2020. Turner has posted four clean sheets in five starts for the Gunners this season, mainly featuring in the Europa League group stage, as well as January’s 3-0 FA Cup third round win over Oxford United.

The U.S. men’s national team shot-stopper will now prepare to face a Citizens squad that has tallied 76 goals in all competitions, as well as 13 in their last five head-to-head meetings with Arsenal. Friday’s showdown will also mark the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season, including an EPL showdown at the Emirates on Feb. 15.

In Italy, Sergino Dest and AC Milan host Sassuolo. Weston McKennie and Juventus welcome Monza to town.

In France, Tim Weah and Lille face off with Nice in Ligue 1 play.

In England, Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham welcome Sunderland to Craven Cottage. Daryl Dike and West Bromwich Albion visit Bristol City. Jonathan Tomkinson and Stevenage seek an upset over Stoke City.

In Spain, Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo host Athletic Bilbao in La Liga play.

Elsewhere, Djordje Mihailovic and Taylor Booth square off in Eredivisie action. Cameron Carter-Vickers will fight to return for Celtic at Dundee United. Mark McKenzie and Genk welcome Seraing to town in Belgian League play. Alejandro Zendejas and Club America take on Mazatlan in Liga MX.

Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Americans Abroad:


FA Cup

Matt Turner and Arsenal visit Manchester City on Friday.

Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Fulham host Lynden Gooch and Sunderland on Saturday.

Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Leeds United visit Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Daryl Dike and West Bromwich Albion visit Bristol City on Saturday.

Auston Trusty and Birmingham City visit Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Ethan Horvath and Luton Town host Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Jonathan Tomkinson and Stevenage visit Stoke City on Sunday.


Zack Steffen and Middlesbrough host Watford on Saturday.

Duane Holmes and Huddersfield visit Coventry City on Saturday.



Gio Reyna and Borussia Dortmund visit Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Jordan Pefok and Union Berlin visit Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Kevin Paredes and Wolfsburg visit Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Joe Scally and Borussia Moenchengladbach visit John Brooks, Justin Che and Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt visit Bayern Munich on Saturday.

2. Bundesliga

Julian Green, Timothy Tillman and Greuther Furth visit Holstein Kiel on Saturday.

Terrence Boyd and Kaiserslautern visit Hannover on Saturday.

George Bello and Arminia Bielefeld host Sandhausen on Sunday.

3. Liga

Johan Gomez, Nico Carrera and FSV Zwickau visit Hallescher FC on Saturday.


La Liga

Yunus Musah and Valencia visit Real Valladolid on Sunday.

Luca De La Torre and Celta Vigo host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.


Serie A

Weston McKennie and Juventus host Monza on Sunday.

Sergino Dest and AC Milan host Sassuolo on Sunday.

Serie B

Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann, Andrija Novakovich and Venezia host Cittadella on Saturday.

Anthony Fontana and Ascoli host Palermo on Sunday.


Ligue 1

Tim Weah and Lille visit Nice on Sunday.

Folarin Balogun and Stade Reims visit Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

Erik Palmer-Brown and Troyes host Lens on Saturday.



Ricardo Pepi and FC Groningen visit FC Volendam on Sunday.

Djordje Mihailovic and AZ Alkmaar host Taylor Booth and FC Utrecht on Saturday.

Richie Ledezma and PSV host Go Ahead Eagles on Saturday.


Liga Portugal

Reggie Cannon and Boavista host Portimonense on Sunday.

Alex Mendez and Vizela host Rio Ave on Sunday.



Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic visit Ian Harkes and Dundee United on Sunday.

Malik Tillman, James Sands and Rangers host St Johnstone on Saturday.

Dante Polvara and Aberdeen visit Hibernian on Saturday.

Joe Efford is OUT (Injury) for Motherwell.


Pro League

Mark McKenzie and Genk host RFC Seraing on Sunday.

Bryan Reynolds and Westerlo host Mechelen on Saturday.

Marlon Fossey and Standard Liege host Eupen on Friday.

Sam Vines is OUT (Injury) for Royal Antwerp.



Henry Wingo and Ferencvaros host Vasas Budapest on Saturday.


Super Lig

Haji Wright and Antalyaspor host Umraniyespor on Saturday.


Ligat HaAL

Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa host Maccabi Bnei Raina on Saturday.



Johnny Cardoso and Internacional host Sao Luiz on Saturday.


Liga MX

Alejandro Zendejas and Club America host Mazatlan on Saturday.

Sebastian Saucedo and Toluca host Club Leon on Sunday.


  1. richards’ liftoff with palace is my riposte to every “go sign at a UCL team” snob out there. it’s a good developmental idea, if your chosen team has a good system that produces many of their own players. however as you turn the corner to first team ball, if you rot as an adult very long, it’s awful career advice. and there are plenty of donovans the UCL sides miss then want back. sometimes i think they have more players around than they know what to do with or properly evaluate.

    • I agree. Why I like McKennie to Leeds. What happened with helping a team become better and become a club legend? I understand Champions league is the pinnacle, but I want my USMNT players to be playing regularly.

      • Wes has played in 16/17 he was healthy for this season so 16 of 20 total (SerieA). He’s gone 45 minutes or more in 14 of those. Started 4 out of 5 CL group matches and averaged around 70 minutes in those. If Wes wants to go, great but he’s getting plenty of minutes. Not sure where he is going to fit into lineup for Jesse. Unless of course Jesse is moving Adams to RB.

    • One senses with the McKennie potential transfer is that he is putting conditions into the agreement to protect himself so he can leave if Leeds is relegated. Leeds is not the quality of Juventus, but at this stage, being a regular starter like Aaronson and Adams in the EPL is preferable. One has to believe Pulisic this summer may consider a similar move.

      • If Leeds go down they may want to offload his salary anyway.

        Juve has an unbelievable tradition but all this scandal is bad juju. Weston just left another team consumed by a cloud.

        My guess is he’s tired of this stuff.

      • Wes has started 18 out of 26 matches across all comps for Juve. 18 of 22 when you subtract 4 matches he was injured 4, and gone less than 45 minutes only once in matches he played.

    • A riposte?

      Palace is a step up from where he was playing, before when he wasn’t hurt.

      No one has doubted Richard’s quality, only his durability. He’s a poster boy for the idea that not being hurt is a good career move.
      You can’t take credit for that.

    • Donovan was loaned to SJ to get games and then brought back, that’s how loans work. Then sold when he wasn’t good enough. The only reason Bayern signed him was Klinsmann, and he performed poorly and was sent back to LAG.

    • Mr. voice,

      “i think they have more players around than they know what to do with or properly evaluate.”

      “They” know exactly what they are doing.

      And they don’t care what people like you or I think.

      Champions League teams are businesses. Their objective is to consistently qualify for the Champions League because that is where the money is. And then advance as far as possible or even win the thing at some point.

      All of this while making a profit.

      Rotation is a part of that.

      The end result of rotation is that inevitably, some players are going to be left out or not given as much attention as they should get. Some managers, such as Bielsa, prefer smaller squads because they probably believe as you say you do, i.e. a smaller squad is more efficient.

      Like loans , which you also despise, large squads are just another tool to give a team like Bayern as many options as they can have so that they can achieve their goals of being a competitive team in their chosen environment

      It’s a business. Some get to thrive, more are left in the dust. Tough business.

      You seem to think Americans who go to Europe are entitled to a variety of choices to fit them perfectly, on their timeline.
      The truth is they often don’t have that choice. They often have to make the most of what chances they do have.

      If America wants to participate in big time soccer they will have to take the failures along with the successes.

      You seem to think that these players should know exactly what they can do before they try to do it. That’s silly.

      My thing is how do you know how far you can go if you don’t give it a shot? I thought Weston would at best be a part timer at Juve. He proved me and a lot of others wrong. People like Weston are essentially dreamers, trying to do something most people can’t. Still , for as much as we all criticize these guys, in the greater scheme of things , guys like Weston and Chris Richards are among the best soccer players in the world.

      They have also been pros in teams in the top 5 leagues longer than you or I have. Not that they can’t make a mistake but I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they know how best to navigate their business dealings better than I do.

      And we’re talking about business dealings here.

      I notice Bielsa doesn’t get hired by the big teams very often.


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